A Data Center (DC) is a controlled facility used to house full data storage or application based solutions using mission critical computer systems and associated components. The vicinity of a data center caters full control in terms of environment, data and resources such as air conditioning, fire suppression, redundant/backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections and high security.
Why Hosted Data Center is Better
Being hosted means all software and hardware runs in organization’s own data centers, and users access it using the internet, requiring only a PC client, internet connection/VPN connection. Because it is hosted, it eliminates the cost and complexity of building and maintaining a state-of-the-art system and allows any business on any budget to run a sophisticated data center for a fraction of the traditional cost. It can be implemented quickly, and provides tremendous flexibility in the locations and scalability.
Up-Front Infrastructure Costs for HDC
Most of the Hosted Data Center in Pakistan like Wateen Telecom and PTCL allow you to rent data center functions over the Internet/VPN, with no infrastructure hardware or software costs except initial setup and configuration.
Hosted Data Center Can setup a Multi-Site Data Center
This is the ideal solution for quickly setting up a fully functional, affordable, multisite data center. Multisite capability means clients can log in anywhere, with just an Internet connection/VPN connection-at a home or office location.
Hosted Data Center Saves Money
Hosted Data Center saves you money up front, and ongoing. There is no infrastructure investment required up-front - no capital, no build outs, and no rewiring or cable pulling except initial setup or configuration cost. Ongoing, you don't pay maintenance fees or upgrade costs-that's all included in the monthly user fees. You pay for the capacity you need - no more. And HDC's solution requires no expensive technical staff to manage and maintain it.
Meets The Need to Substantially Increase Data Center Requirement in Future
Hosted Data Center is built from the ground up to scale to your changing needs. In fact, this is one of the strengths of this design. This system provides a truly "on demand" scalability, enabling you to ramp up or down to meet business needs. And, since it offers a fully hosted, Internet-based solution, you'll never need to upgrade hardware or software, or hire IT staff to support the solution.
HDC Service System is Reliable and Secure
HDC ensures the highest reliability by housing its applications on carrier grade hardware that resides in multi-layered security patrolled, disaster-proof facilities. It uses best practices including encryption to secure applications across the Internet and ensure communications with your customers are not at risk.
Co-location and Managed Servers
Co-location allows you to place your server in a rack in HDC data center and share its bandwidth as your own. Once you have a server set up, you physically bring it to its location and install it in a rack. It provide IPs, bandwidth and power to your server. Once it's up and running, you access it much like you would access a web site on a hosting provider. The difference being that you own the hardware.
With co-location, you can reduce your traffic back-haul costs and free up internal networks for other uses. Moreover, by outsourcing network traffic to a HDC’s one like Wateen Telecom and PTCL which have greater bandwidth capacity, web site and server access speeds should improve considerably. With Managed Server Services, you can access the robust, secure, redundant, infrastructure you need, without a significant up-front investment. Then tap into built-in scalability that lets you add middle ware or services at any time.
Managed Storage Services provides on demand storage capacity, monitoring and management services for clients’ disk, backup and restore, and archive infrastructures in a security-rich environment. Combining best-in-class networking technologies with world-class service management helps enable highly available, cost-effective storage management.
Storage denominator could either me GB (Gigabyte) or TB (Terabyte). A gigabyte (GB) is a measure of computer data storage capacity and is "roughly" a billion bytes. A gigabyte is two to the 30th power, or 1,073,741,824 in decimal notation. The term is pronounced with two hard Gs. The prefix, "giga" comes from a Greek word meaning "giant."
A terabyte is a measure of computer storage capacity and is 2 to the 40th power or approximately a thousand billion bytes (that is, a thousand gigabytes).
Premise Based Data Center:
- Traditional premise based systems require hosting of all data center equipment on customer premises and has following disadvantages:
- Large up front investment for data center equipment and infrastructure.
- Dedicated technical resources required for operations & maintenance of the equipment and facility.
- Continuous investment required to keep technology current, as technology life cycle is very short and becomes obsolete in a matter of a few years.
- Lack of quick scalability and provisioning for the customer.
Total Cost of Ownership Analysis:
Premise versus Hosted Data Center System
Return on investment evaluations are most often based on a number of tangible and intangible benefits.
While hosted data center solutions bring a number of benefits to the table, their impact on cost reduction contributes most effectively towards creation of a compelling business case.
Users of Hosted Data Center Services in Pakistan
- Telecom, Media & IT
- Banking & Financial Services
- Services, Distribution, Health & Education
- Manufacturing & Construction
- Government & Defense
- SMEs and SMBs
HDC Benefits to SME’s
- Budgetary constraints for premise based systems are not applicable to hosted.
- No requirement for in-house data center technical resources and expertise.
- Top-of-the-line, functionally rich solutions available on a rented model.
- Access to the best data center expertise and support without the high start-up, implementation and operating cost.
HDC Benefits for Large Enterprises
The principal attractions of Hosted Data Center offering for large enterprises and institutions are:
- Lower total cost of ownership.
- Rapid deployment that requires few in-house technical resources.
- Ability to “pay as you go” within a limited operating budget.
- Minimal impact on capital budget and investment protection.
- Eliminates the need for costly and disruptive system upgrades.
HDC Benefits for Government Agencies
Government agencies often struggle to obtain funding for necessary projects, particularly those involving large up-front capital investments. Excellent way to keep data center-related government projects within tight budgetary constraints.